Vancouver City Council have voted 7-4 in favour to allow duplexes in 99% of the city’s low-density, single-family areas.
The decision by city council is a huge one, and many argue that it’ll open the floodgates for later allowing triplexes and multi-unit buildings in single-family neighbourhoods
This decision by Vision Vancouver will ultimately create units for people who say they can’t find a place to live in the city.
The vote took place last Wednesday and was ultimately opposed by councillors Melissa De Genova, George Affleck, Elizabeth Ball and Adriane Carr.
There are many who believe this rezoning process is being rushed and the results may not be what they expect in a couple of years. Changing single-family zoning will alter neighbourhoods like never before in Vancouver.
However, the housing crisis in the city has changed everything and all options have to be considered to find a solution.
NPA’s De Genova wanted the issue deferred to the new council to be elected on October 20th. She added that density should be examined from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
Adriane Carr of the Green Party highlights that it’s unclear if this decision will make affordability better or worse.
Support For Duplex Rezoning
Vision’s Kerry Jang says that this rezoning will give people more options in our difficult real estate market. He brought up the example of how a family could split their home to make room for adult children.
Mayor Gregor Robertson supports the idea and believes it’s a step in the right direction and will slowly help people.
The entire process by Vision Vancouver is being criticized for a lack of public consultation and many feel uninformed on this issue.